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Last winter, Desmond couldn't buy a suitor after a down season that forced him to move positions. That's all changed after a rebound 2016.

November 07, 2016

Position: OF | Age: 31
Current Team: Rangers | Best Fit: Orioles
2016 Stats: .285/.335/.446 (.782 OPS), 22 HR, 86 RBIs, 21 SB

Desmond famously "lost" about $80 million by turning down a long-term contract offer from the Nationals a few seasons ago, only to have to settle for an $8 million pact with the Rangers last winter after a poor contract year for Washington in 2015. To his immense credit, though, the former shortstop returned to his previous 20–20 standard and learned an entirely new position on the fly, playing at worst a decent centerfield. The Orioles won't be turned off by a second-half decline in which he hit .237, as they badly need an outfielder with not just power but also speed.

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